Ford says April US sales rise 18%

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that its April U.S. sales rose 18 percent, led by a strong demand for the F-Series pickup and Escape small SUV.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said it sold 212,584 cars and trucks last month, up from 180,350 a year earlier.

TOP SELLERS: F-Series pickup truck sales rose 24 percent to 59,030. Escape sales were up 52 percent to 25,826.

HOT MODELS: Ford Fusion midsize sedan sales jumped 24 percent to 26,722. Lincoln MKZ midsize car sales more than doubled to 4,012.

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